Ex-Rep. Frank Wolf Leads Fight to Give Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians a Voice In the West

Former US Rep. Frank Wolf aims to make religious freedom a 2016 presidential campaign issue. (AP) (Reuters)

Former US Rep. Frank Wolf aims to make religious freedom a 2016 presidential campaign issue. (AP) (Reuters)

Former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf is frustrated at how religious persecution is thriving in the Middle East while the West seems not to heed his or anyone else’s warnings. It’s one of the reasons the Republican finally left Congress last month after representing Virginia’s 10th District for nearly 35 years.

Since leaving politics, Wolf has co-founded the religious freedom group, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which recently released a disturbing report about the plight of Christians and their faith in the Middle East called “The Edge of Extinction.” The report paints a dire picture to which Wolf is desperately calling attention.

“We are ready to see the end of Christianity in a region where Christianity began,” Wolf said in an interview on Foxnews.com’s Spirited Debate. “We literally see the Christian community gone from 1.5 million to roughly 300,000.”

Former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf is frustrated at how religious persecution is thriving in the Middle East while the West seems not to heed his or anyone else’s warnings. It’s one of the reasons the Republican finally left Congress last month after representing Virginia’s 10th District for nearly 35 years.

Since leaving politics, Wolf has co-founded the religious freedom group, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which recently released a disturbing report about the plight of Christians and their faith in the Middle East called “The Edge of Extinction.” The report paints a dire picture to which Wolf is desperately calling attention.

“We are ready to see the end of Christianity in a region where Christianity began,” Wolf said in an interview on Foxnews.com’s Spirited Debate. “We literally see the Christian community gone from 1.5 million to roughly 300,000.”

“It’s hugely problematic,” Coptic Solidarity spokesperson Lindsay Vessey told Spirited Debate. “Because how can you address a problem if you’re not willing to say what that problem is, if you’re not willing to say what the actual root cause is?”

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SOURCE: Lauren Green
Fox News

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